Last fall, I read Jeff Vandermeer’s BOOKLIFE: STRATEGIES AND SURVIVAL TIPS FOR THE 21ST -CENTURY WRITER. One of the things I most enjoyed about the book was the fact it was divided into two main sections: your Public Booklife and your Private Booklife.
Permission to Fail is a chapter within the Private Booklife section. Vandermeer touches upon a few things I’ve mentioned here before: the risk involved in the creative life. I’d love to hear what all of you think about what he has to say:
“…Perfection can be a signal of lack of imagination…To be great, we must attempt so much that we not only are in danger of forever failing, but that we do fail, and in the failure create something greater than if we had set our sights lower.”
And his advice to high school students:
“Whatever you do from now on, don’t feel that it has to always be successful. To be successful, to be as good as you can possibly be in whatever field you choose, you need to feel like you can bungee jump out to the edge of success and into that space where the ropes might break. If you don’t you won’t take risks, you won’t get out there, to that place with a night sky full of unfamiliar stars where ‘success’ might become either something extraordinary or utter failure.. because utter failure and extraordinary accomplishment are conjoined twins most of the time.”
AND this just in:
Congratulations to Rebecca Stead who’s won the 2010 Newbery for WHEN YOU REACH ME!